PHOENIX, Ore. — Rules are now in place for Oregon’s medical marijuana dispensaries. The state announced those rules this week, but rather than ease tension, they have both sides preparing for a fight.
Dispensary licenses are first come, first served, which means when they become legal in March, the floodgates will open and applications will start pouring in – whether cities like it or not.
For would-be dispensaries like the Greenery, the choice is a no-brainer. They say they’d like to work with the blessing of their local leadership in phoenix, but if they don’t apply they’ll miss their chance.
Meanwhile city leaders say they need more time to weigh the pros and cons and evaluate their options rather than relying on good faith. Leaving both sides preparing for a legal battle.
“For us it’s been our choice for a long time to make sure the medicine gets to the patients, but at this point in order for us to continue doing that we may have to put the resources to the legal system,” explained the Greenery Executive Director, Andrea Adams.
Representative Peter Buckley, one of the members of the rules advisory committee for the state, says cities will have to weigh the options of trying to deny dispensary licenses.
The rules do subject dispensaries to local laws, but it isn’t spelled out that cities have the ability to outright ban them. Meanwhile dispensaries say they’re willing to take the time after sending their application to prove they can be a good neighbor.
The greenery has offered to pay extra taxes or fees to the city, and lend support to local public works projects.